Quadrant: Gamma Quadrant
In their natural form, the Founders exist as a gelatinous liquid and can unite is what is described as the Great Link which they can leave and reform into any any shape whenever possible.
Their ability to shapeshift is so complete that a founder in the guise of another species is virtually undetectable even with scanning equipment. However, should a piece of the Founder’s body be separated from the main body mass, the separated piece reverts to a gelatinous state. The Founders also revert to a gelatinous state upon death.
Starfleet phasers set to a force of 3.5 are sufficient to force a Founder to revert to a gelatinous state.
The Founders created the Dominion. Some Dominion subjects believe they are a myth. The Founder’s homeworld is a sunless Class-M planet located in the Omarion Nebula.
Long ago, the Founders explored the galaxy, but were persecuted by non-shapeshifters. This persecution fueled their all-powerful drive to control the chaos around them. Beginning some 2,000 years ago, they sought to maintain order out of this chaos with a rule based on strict obedience, enforced by the Jem’Hadar troops they genetically bred into chemical addiction for control, and administered by the cloned Vorta both of whom worship the Founders as gods.
The Founders did not lose their curiosity about the universe. They sent a hundred infant members of their race across the galaxy, implanting in each a powerful desire to return home, so that the Founders could learn of distant places. Odo was one of these infants.
Until Odo’s torn loyalties led him to defend the U.S.S Defiant by accidentally killing a Changeling spy in 2371, no Founder had ever harmed another due to their strong link with all other members of their species.
In 2371, the Romulan Tal Shiar and Cardassian Obsidian Order launched a massive attack against the Founder’s Homeworld, bombarding the planet with a fleet of 20 starships. The Founders had learned of the plan, and staged an ambush, by evacuating the planet, and placing a fleet of 150 Jem’Hadar ships nearby to destroy the invading fleet. Both organizations were decimated by the Jem’Hadar.
Sometime before 2373, the Founders replaced Klingon General Martok in hopes the Dominion could gain control over the Klingon Empire. The Founders then led Odo to believe that Gowron, not Martok, had been replaced by a changeling. However, the truth was discovered, and the original Martok was eventually rescued.
In 2373, The Founders entered into an alliance with the Cardassian Union, giving the Dominion a significant foothold in the Alpha Quadrant. The agreement resulted in a reinstatement of the Khitomer Accords.
Founders have to return to their natural state every 18 hours to regenerate. (DS9: A Man Alone)
Founders do not eat. (DS9: The Forsaken)
Contributed by: Clare Bradley